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Japan shakes sorrow, celebrates

Updated: July 18, 2011, 2:07 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japan took a welcome break from months of tragedy on Monday, basking in its unlikely victory over the United States in the Women's World Cup final.

Joyous fans decked out in the national team's dark blue uniforms hugged and sang in Tokyo as they watched their team lift the winner's trophy on live broadcasts from Germany.

It was a rare moment of joy for Japan, which is still recovering from a killer earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11 and devastated its northeast ...

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